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Instruction Manual
HBZ6515

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Welcome
to the World of

Your Aerobird Xtreme™ adventures are about to begin. In order The Aerobird Xtreme™ is equipped with some exciting features,
to have a safe and successful experience, we’d like you to do a including a Multi-Mode Flight Control system. The default Sport
couple of things first: watch the instructional Video CD and read Mode is great for pilots transitioning from 2-channel planes and for
and follow the directions carefully. While easy to fly, the Aerobird those who want a more relaxed flying experience. The Pro Mode
Xtreme may be more than the first-time pilot can handle. If you changes the Aerobird Xtreme’s flying characteristics, and allows
haven’t flown one of HobbyZone’s Zone 1 or 2 airplanes or any more aggressive maneuvers for those who want it.
other radio controlled aircraft, we recommend you seek the help
of an experienced radio control pilot for your first few flights. The Aerobird Xtreme is also equipped with HobbyZone’s exclusive
X-Port™ feature. X-Port lets you add exciting plug-n-play acces-
sories like the Sonic Combat Module™ (HBZ4020) for aerial combat
and the Aerial Drop Module™ (HBZ6023) that includes a parachute
Crash damage is not covered
jumper and two streamer bombs you can carry aloft and release.
under the warranty.

Be sure to read the warranty on


page 38 and "Warnings and
Safety" on page 35 before you
proceed to Step 1.
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Step 2
Step 1

Your Aerobird Xtreme™ comes nearly ready to fly. You


Transmitter Attaching the Tail simply need to attach the tail, wing, and landing gear
To attach the tail: prior to flight.
Needed for Step 1 1. Locate the fuselage and carefully remove from the packing carton. Use caution when removing the fuse-
lage. (Note: The tail is not mounted on the fuselage, but the control lines that exit the fuselage are
8 "AA" Batteries (included) attached to the control surfaces of the tail).
2. Locate the two included screws that will mount the tail to the tail boom.
1. Remove the transmitter back cover by pushing down 3. Be sure lines are not twisted and hold the tail in place.
with your thumbs, as indicated. 4. Secure the tail as shown in diagram (a) using the two screws. Attach rubber bands on bottom of tail as
shown.
2. Install the included “AA” batteries according to the 5. Turn on the transmitter and install the fully charged flight battery pack.
diagram in the battery compartment. 6. Make certain the control stick and trim levers on the transmitter are centered as shown in the diagram
3. Replace the cover. on page 10.
7. With the radio system on and the transmitter stick at neutral, both tail
4. To test, switch on the transmitter—the LED should control surfaces should be level with the rest of the tail.
glow brightly. 8. Give transmitter input. The control surfaces should react as illustrated
5. Replace the batteries when you hear in the diagrams on page 11.
9. If you find that the control surfaces are not functioning properly (ie. too
the low-battery alarm (beeping sound). much slack in the line, not level with the tail in neutral position) DO
NOT FLY. Instead, perform the following procedure:
a. Turn the transmitter on, plug in flight battery and center the right
control stick and trim levers.
b. Use your fingers or a small flat screwdriver to turn the slotted spool
on the control horn. Depending upon which direction you turn the
spool, this will lengthen or shorten the control line. a.
c. While applying some tension to the control line, adjust until the
control surfaces are level with the rest of the surface.
d. If the control surfaces react the exact opposite as shown in the dia-
gram on page 11, the lines have been reversed and will need to be
4 corrected. 5
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Wing and Landing Gear Attachment

Step 4
Step 3

Motor Test FU
LL
O
N

Needed for Step 2 TE


R
1. Be sure throttle slider is in the Off position.
S
FF FA
O
Wing 2. Turn the transmitter on.
Rubber Bands (x6) 3. Install the battery and plug in the connector.
Main Landing Gear 4. The Aerobird Xtreme’s built-in throttle-arming
feature will not allow the prop to spin until
Attaching the Wing the throttle slider has been moved to the Off
1. Center the wing onto the fuselage by position first.
aligning the molded dimples on the trailing edge Success Tip: 5. Keep all objects clear of the propeller, advance the
of the wing symmetrically with the top of the Before each flight, make sure the front and trailing edges throttle forward and the propeller will start to turn.
fuselage when it is attached. of the wing are exactly centered on the fuselage. If the The throttle arming feature will need to be
wing is not centered properly, it is impossible to have activated each time the battery pack is plugged
correct flight control.
2. Once you're satisfied that the wing is centered, into the airplane. (If the motor does not run,
attach it to the fuselage using the 6 rubber proceed to Step 5: “Charging the Aircraft Battery”)
bands provided. Stretch two of the rubber Mounting the Landing Gear 6. When finished with the motor test, disconnect the
bands from the front to the rear attach points. 1. Insert the landing gear into the slot on bottom battery before turning off the transmitter.
Stretch the next two diagonally across the of the fuselage.
middle. Stretch the last two rubber bands from Safety First!!
the front to the rear attach points as you did with Rc
During the motor test, make sure to keep everything
the first two. Once the rubber bands are in
clear of the propeller and hold the plane securely. A mov-
place, confirm the wing is securely attached.
ing propeller can cause severe injury. Adult supervision is
6 strongly recommended for those 14 and under. 7
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Step 5
Step 5

Charging HobbyZone Ni-CD and Ni-MH Battery Packs Charging the Aircraft Battery continued
Charging HobbyZone® Battery Packs Success Tip
The Aerobird Xtreme’s charger uses unique peak detection
The Aerobird Xtreme™ battery should be charged
circuitry that ensures an accurate charge every time and 1. When charging a stock Ni-Cd battery pack (HBZ6510), shortly before flying. If the battery sits for more than
protects your Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries from the dangers completely discharge the battery prior to charging. 12 hours prior to flying, you will need to “re-peak”
of over-charging. During the charge cycle, it continuously This will ensure that your battery will get a full the battery before you fly by repeating the steps on
monitors the battery’s charge curve and automatically charge and will help prevent it from false peaking. on this page. This will ensure you get the maximum
amount of flying time per charge.
stops charging when the peak charge is detected.
2. Using the dial indicator on the side of the charger, set
the charge rate as indicated in the chart below. Safety First!!
DC Peak Detect Charger Features: Do not leave the battery and charger unattended while in
Battery Capacity Maximum Typical
• Variable charge rate from 0.5–1.8 amp charge rate Charge Rate Charge Time use. While charging, place the battery on a heat resistant
• Trickle charge surface and constantly monitor the temperature of the bat-
1.8 Stock Aerobird Xtreme Battery tery pack. Do not allow children to charge batteries unless
1.2
1.4
1.6
HBZ651
9
• Automobile 12V power outlet DC adapter 1700mAh 7.2V Ni-Cd 1.8 amps 55 minutes*
they are supervised by a responsible adult.
.5A-1.
8A .5
1.8

(with alligator clip adaptor) Optional Xtreme Battery


3000mAh 7.2V Ni-MH 1.8 amps 105 minutes*
• Tamiya-style connector
• Charges 6- and 7-cell Ni-Cd and Ni-MH battery packs *charge times are only estimates. Actual charge times may vary. NOTE: Your Aerobird Xtreme also comes with a
• LED charge indicator special adapter so you can power your charger with
3. Connect the battery pack to the charger. a 12V power supply, or an automobile battery.
4. Connect the charger to the 12V power outlet in
your automobile. The LED will continually blink
slowly while the battery charges.
5. Charging is finished when the LED indicator
glows steadily.
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Step 6
Step 6

Tail Control Test Tail Control Test continued


Safety First!!
Keep everything clear of the propeller before
starting the control test in the event that you
accidentally turn on the motor.

1. Be sure the throttle slider is in the Off position.


2. Switch on the transmitter–check to make sure the
LED is lit, indicating the transmitter has power.
3. Install battery in fuselage and plug in
connector.
Moves Up
4. Move the stick side to side. The tail flaps Push Forward for
should move as shown on the following page. “Down” Elevator Moves Down
5. Move the stick up and down. The tail flaps
Elevator Trim should move as shown on the following page.
6. The small lever under and to the side of the
control stick are the trim levers and are used to
adjust the “neutral” point of your control stick.
It’s very important that this lever is centered
when performing these control tests.
7. Each flap must be level with the rest of the tail Moves Up
surface when the trim levers are centered. Adjust
Pull Back for Moves Up
the control lines until they are level. “Up” Elevator

10 Rudder Trim 11
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Choose a Calm Day

Step 8
Step 7

Choose a Large, Open Grassy Field


• A large, open grass field is required. The SUCCESS TIP: Flying in too much wind is by
Aerobird Xtreme™ flies approximately To ensure success on your first flights, DO NOT FLY in far the #1 reason for crashes and/or lost planes.
30 mph, so it covers ground fast. The bigger winds of more than 8 mph. Follow these guidelines to protect the
the field, the better! Aerobird Xtreme™—you’ll be glad you did.
To check wind conditions:
• It is absolutely essential to have a minimum 1. Tie the included red flag to the end of the
of 300 feet of clear space in all directions from transmitter antenna.
the pilot. If you ignore this direction, you will 2. Hold the transmitter flat so the antenna is
regret it. parallel to the ground and note how much
the flag moves in the wind.
IMPORTANT: Do not fly over or near people, buildings,
power lines, highways, train tracks, vehicles, trees,
water, pavement, gravel, any hard surface or any
• If the flag hangs down,
object you don't want to crash into. Please take this
it’s good to fly.
warning seriously to keep people, property and your
Aerobird Xtreme safe.
Crash damage is not covered by the warranty.

• If the angle between the antenna and


the flag is less than 20˚, it’s too windy
for your first flights.
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Step 10
Step 9

Range Test 1. One person holds the transmitter; the other


Seek Assistance from an Experienced
person walks 100 paces away with the airplane. Radio Control Pilot VERY IMPORTANT
You will need two people to do the range test: one to
hold the transmitter and one to hold the airplane. 2. Be sure the throttle slider is in the Off position. The 3-channel control system is designed for the experienced
3. Extend transmitter antenna completely and turn radio control pilot and is not intended for the first-time flyer.
transmitter on. If you can successfully fly the HobbyZone® Firebird XL™,
4. Plug in airplane battery and close hatch cover. Firebird Commander™, or Aerobird Challenger™, then you
WARNING: The person holding the airplane should should be ready for the Aerobird Xtreme™. The Aerobird
5. As soon as you move the throttle slider forward,
hold it so that the propeller does not come in contact Xtreme can be controlled in a similar manner as a 2-channel
with any part of their body. the propeller should spin quickly.
plane, such as the Firebird XL or Firebird Commander, by
6. As the first person moves the transmitter
simply limiting control stick movements to the left or the right
controls at the same time, the other person and using the throttle to ascend or descend. However, first-
watches to be sure the airplane’s motor and time pilots of the Aerobird Xtreme should seek the assistance
tail controls operate smoothly. of an experienced RC flyer until they’ve mastered the pitch
function. Once again, crash damage is not covered under
the warranty.

The flying characteristics of the Aerobird Xtreme should not


be altered for your first flights. Once you are comfortable flying
the plane in the standard “out-of-the- box” configuration, only
then should you attempt to change the flying characteristics
of the Aerobird Xtreme by changing hole positions in the
control horns.
If model does not range test correctly, do not fly. Call
Horizon Hobby Product Support staff toll-free at
14 1-877-504-0233 for directions on how to proceed.
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Step 12
Step 11

Hand Launch Runway Takeoff


1. On first flights, have an experienced second Safety First!!
person (adult recommended) launch the Aerobird Keep the spinning propeller away from your hair,
Xtreme™ while the pilot controls with the head and hands or injury may occur. (Not recommended for inexperienced pilots)
transmitter. Adult assistance is always recom-
mended with pilots 14 years of age or younger. 1. Stand behind the Aerobird Xtreme™ and point it
2. Make sure the battery is fully charged. directly into the wind on smooth asphalt or concrete.
3. While holding transmitter in one hand, push 2. Apply full power and adjust the right control
throttle slider to full on (up) with thumb. stick as necessary to keep the Aerobird Xtreme
4. Take a couple of steps and launch the model headed directly into the wind.
directly into the wind. Keep the wings level. 3. If battery is fully charged, your Aerobird Xtreme
Launch firmly. Do not throw it up or down. should lift off the ground in approximately 35 feet.
Point it level (parallel) with the ground when Apply some UP elevator by pulling the stick back,
releasing. Think of it as a javelin that you are and the plane will lift off the ground in a
throwing 20 feet away. shorter distance.

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Flying continued
Step 13

Step 13
Flying Rudder Trim
If the Aerobird Xtreme™ seems to drift in one direc-
Turning tion when the control stick is in the neutral (centered)
Gently move the stick in the direction you want the model position, gradually move the trim control lever below
to turn. Avoid holding full right or full left for more than the control stick in the OPPOSITE direction of the drift
two seconds as this can cause the plane to spiral dive until the plane flies straight with the control stick at
and crash.
neutral. See page 23 if additional adjustments are
needed.
Sharp Turns
Move the stick in the direction you want to turn and Elevator Trim
pull the stick back at the same time. The plane will The Aerobird Xtreme should have a steady, shal-
make a sharper banking turn. This is an advanced low climb at full throttle with the control stick in
the neutral (centered) position. If, however, the
maneuver and shouldn’t be attempted until you’ve
Aerobird Xtreme seems to drift up or down when
mastered the use of pitch. attempting straight and level flight at reduced
throttle settings, gradually move the trim control
lever on the left side of the control stick in the
Success Tip: SAME direction of the drift until the plane flies
level with the control stick at neutral. See page 23
Once you’ve reached a safe altitude, make right and if additional adjustments are needed.
left adjustments of the control stick to keep it flying Success Tip:
straight into the wind. Never attempt a turn until the
With the throttle stick set at low or off
Aerobird Xtreme reaches at least 50 feet of altitude. (gliding), the plane will not turn as fast as
Control range is 2500 feet. Don’t let the plane fly too when the throttle is set on high.
far away. Keep it upwind from you or the wind may
carry it away from you and out of sight and/or control
18 range. 19
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Step 13
Step 13

The Aerobird Xtreme™ is equipped with a third channel


Using Elevator for elevator (pitch) control. Pulling back on the stick pro-
Throttle Adjustment
vides UP elevator that allows for shorter takeoffs, better
flares for landing, a better climb rate and more effective WATCH OUT! If you're flying with the motor off or at
turns. Trying to climb too quickly will cause the airspeed 1. Climb to an altitude of 100 feet or more with a low speed, allow the Aerobird Xtreme™
to slow down and stall the airplane. To avoid crashing full throttle. a bit more area for turns.
from a stall, always maintain enough altitude to recover 2. To achieve a level "cruising" altitude, reduce
from it.
power by moving the throttle stick down to
In a stall, the nose of the plane will go down (looks like approximately 50% of full-on.
the plane is diving). To recover from the stall, pull the 3. To reduce altitude, reduce throttle.
stick back slowly (UP elevator) once the nose of the 4. To increase altitude, increase throttle.
plane goes down and plane has built up airspeed. Exit
the stall to straight and level flight. Be careful, since
pulling the stick back too abruptly or for too long will
cause the Aerobird Xtreme to enter another stall.
Effectively avoiding and recovering from stalls requires
experience. Always seek the help of an experienced radio
control pilot if you are not familiar with pitch control.

When using DOWN elevator (pushing stick forward),


make sure to always have enough altitude to avoid
crashing into the ground. DOWN elevator is especially
effective when landing in small areas or over obstacles.

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Landing Making Adjustments—Plane Turns to the Left or Right


Step 13

Step 14
Safety First!!
Do not attempt to catch the airplane or injury may result. Also, IMPORTANT: If there is a bend (even a small one) in the tail or wing or a tear near the flap areas, it is impossible
When you notice that the Aerobird Xtreme™ no longer be sure to turn motor off before you touch down or damage to have correct flight control. Replace the damaged part immediately!
climbs well under full power (normally after approxi- can occur to your wing and propeller. Remember to always
mately 15-20 minutes with stock Ni-Cd battery pack), land directly into the wind.
the battery is getting low, and it's time to land. Line the
model up, heading directly into the wind toward the Success Tip:
desired landing spot. At 10 feet of altitude, gradually As you gain experience, try adding a bit of gentle back-
reduce the throttle stick to turn off the motor. The pressure on the stick just before touchdown to ”flare”
Aerobird Xtreme will glide in for a landing. the plane. With some practice, your landings will be
expertly smooth and on target.
Auto Cut-Off Feature: When the flight battery gets
A. If the Aerobird Xtreme™ keeps turning to B. If the Aerobird Xtreme keeps turning to the
low enough, this feature will automatically shut off the
the left and adjusting the trim control lever right and adjusting the trim control lever (page
motor and save enough battery power for the radio and
(page 19) does not correct enough to fly 19) does not correct enough to fly straight with
tail control so you can land safely. If you are high
Reduce power at 10 feet straight with the stick at neutral: the stick at neutral:
enough and have some time to rest the battery, you
may re-arm the motor by moving the throttle slider
1. Adjust the control line so that the left tail flap 1. Adjust the control line so that the right tail flap
back to Off. This may give you a little extra bit of power
is 1/16" above the rest of the tail surface. is 1/16" above the rest of the tail surface.
to adjust your landing. Do not re-arm more than once
2. Test fly. 2. Test fly.
or twice, or you may lose your control power.
3. If it still flies to the left, repeat the above 3. If it still flies to the right, repeat the above pro-
procedure, adding 1/16" each time until it cedure, adding 1/16" each time until it flies
flies straight. straight.
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Making Adjustments to the Climb Rate Multi Mode Flight Control System

Step 16
Step 15

The Aerobird Xtreme™ includes two ways to Entering Sport Mode


Note: Only use this option if you do not have enough travel with B. If the Aerobird Xtreme climbs too fast with full
fly. The mode is selected by the way you 1. Move the throttle slider down to the off position.
the trim lever to the left of the control stick or if you would like throttle by climbing at a steep angle, stalling and
to fine-tune the flight characteristics with the trim levers and “boot up” the system each time you plug in a 2. Turn on the transmitter and leave the stick
keeps repeating climbing sharply and stalling, do
controls in the neutral position. flight battery. centered.
the following:
3. Plug the battery into the plane. You are now in
A. If the Aerobird Xtreme™ does not climb fast Sport Mode Sport Mode.
1. Loosen the front tail screw one full turn and
enough with a fully charged battery at full throttle, Sport Mode is the default mode. It offer HobbyZone’s
tighten the rear screw one full turn.
do the following: Flight-Trak™ system with the addition of pitch control. In
2. Test fly.
this mode, steering input only raises one of the control
3. Repeat the above procedure if necessary until
1. Tighten the front tail screw in one full turn surfaces. This movement is similar to a mix of steering
your Aerobird Xtreme climbs at a steady rate.
and loosen the rear tail screw one full turn. plus UP elevator.
2. Test fly.
3. Repeat the above procedure if necessary until Sport Mode also increases the control throw when the
the Aerobird Xtreme climbs adequately throttle is reduced for more positive control when gliding.
under full power. These features make flying the plane smoother and easier
for less experienced pilots, or those seeking a more relax-
ing flight. All pilots should master Sport Mode before
going into Pro Mode.
Screw Out Screw In

24 Screw In Screw Out


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Aerobatic Flight
Step 16

Step 17
Multi Mode Flight Control System continued The Aerobird Xtreme™ comes out of the box with the controls To mechanically adjust the trim of each individual control
set for beginning pilots. By adjusting the control lines to holes on surface and fine-tune handling, turn the spool in the desired
Pro Mode
the control horns that are closer to the control surfaces, you will direction by either taking up line and raising the control sur-
Pro Mode turns off Flight-Trak™, and changes the tail controls
into a standard V-tail mixer. In this mode, steering input moves give the Aerobird Xtreme more control response for aerobatic face or letting out line and lowering the surface. Gently pull
one control surface up, and the other one down. This causes maneuvers like loops and tail slides (good for experienced out any slack in the control line if you let out line to lower
more pure yaw control. The plane will not tend to keep its nose pilots). Moving the control lines further from the control surfaces the control surface.
up or climb when steering is input. Secondly, Pro Mode increas- will soften the Aerobird Xtreme responsiveness and make it
es the control throws all of the time. This allows for faster, more easier to fly (good for beginning pilots). After making any adjustments, always turn on the transmitter
aggressive control response. and center the transmitter trim levers, making sure the con-
Moving the control line to adjust the control response: trol surfaces are adjusted evenly, and the surfaces move in
Pro Mode is great for aerobatics and engaging friends in aerial the proper directions before you fly (see pages 10–11).
combat with the Sonic Combat Module™. It’s easier to keep the Note: Only adjust one control surface at a time so you don’t
nose down and the speed up, and you can cross over onto an accidentally mix them up. Use your fingers or a small, straight- NOTE: By making the controls more responsive, the Aerobird
opponent’s tail much faster. Confirm Pro Mode blade screwdriver to turn the control horn spool. There is also a Xtreme will also become less forgiving, increasing your
1. Move the control stick directly to the right. small stainless steel tool included to help turn the spool. chances of a crash. If you do not have prior experience with
Success Tip: 2. If the left surface moves up and the right surface moves down, a 3-channel or higher airplane, you should seek the
We strongly recommend you spend your first few flights in Pro you are in Pro Mode. (If left surface moves up and the right Do not turn the small Phillips screw that holds the spool assistance of an experienced radio control pilot before you
Mode at higher altitudes where there is a greater margin of surface stays level, you are in Sport Mode. Disconnect the in place. fly, as crash damage is not covered by the warranty.
safety. battery and turn the transmitter off and try again.)
1.Remove the control line from the horn by turning the spool
Entering Pro Mode to unwrap the line and pull the line out of the horn.
1. Move the throttle slider down to the Off position. 2. Thread the line through the desired control horn hole, then
2. Make sure the flight battery has been unplugged
through the hole in the spool.
from the plane for several seconds and that the
3. With the elevator in the down position as shown, pull the
transmitter is off.
3. Plug the battery into the plane (Keep head away excess line through the horn so the control line to the
from propeller). fuselage is nearly tight.
4. Push the control stick forward (DOWN elevator) Note: The system is reset each time you disconnect the flight bat- 4. Turn the spool to take up slack in the line until the control
and hold it there. Turn the transmitter power on, tery. If you do not follow the steps to enter Pro Mode, the system surface is even with the rest of the tail.
and after about 2 seconds, release the control defaults to Sport Mode.
26 stick. You are now in Pro Mode. 27
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Aerobatic Flight continued Chargers and Charge Times


Step 17

Loop: From a high altitude, push forward on the stick to build up You may also purchase an optional charger to allow for faster charging. The E-flite Summit™ (EFLC2010) is a DC
speed in a medium dive (about 30° angle to ground), then powered variable rate (.250 mA–4.5 amps) peak charger ideal for charging 4–7 cell Ni-Cd and Ni-MH battery packs.
steadily pull back on the stick and hold it until the aircraft goes The Prophet Pro™ (DYN4048) 7.5 amp 12V power supply powers the Summit charger.
over the top of the loop. Exit the maneuver straight and level by
returning the stick to the neutral position as the plane nears the E-flite Summit DC Peak Charger
bottom of the loop. Dynamite® Prophet Pro
12V 7.5 amp Power Supply
Tail Slide: Push forward on stick to build up speed in a dive
(about 30° angle with ground), then pull back on stick and hold
until plane is heading up vertically.
Using slight inputs of elevator and rudder, keep plane in vertical
position until airspeed bleeds off. Slide the throttle to the Off
position. The plane will halt forward momentum and then swivel
to head nose first down. This is the completion of the move.
Move the throttle slider to full-on and pull out to straight and
level flight by pulling back on the control stick.
EFLC2010 DYN4048
Chandelle: Gradually pull back on the control stick until the
plane is going vertical. Once on a vertical heading, add right or
left rudder. Once the nose of the plane is heading toward the
CHARGER CAPACITY MAX. CHARGE RATE *CHARGE TIME
ground, gradually pull back on the stick to exit the maneuver in
straight and level flight. HBZ6519 DC Peak Charger 1.8 1700mAh NiCd pack 1.8 amp 55 minutes
3000mAh NiMH pack 1.8 amp 105 minutes

EFLC2010 Summit DC Variable 1700mAh NiCd pack 4.0 amps 25 minutes


Rate Peak Charger 3000mAh NiMH pack 4.0 amps 45 minutes
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*charge times are approximations only
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Adding X-Port Accessories Aerial Drop Module Aerobird Xtreme™ Combat Options
The Aerobird Xtreme™ is equipped with The Aerial Drop Module (HBZ6023) attaches to your
HobbyZone’s exclusive X-Port™ feature, fuselage and allows you to drop one or both of the Fun Games with the Target Let the Dogfighting Begin
which will allow you to add exciting plug-n- included streamer bombs on ground targets. A para-
play accessories like the Sonic Combat Module™ and chute jumper is also included, offering the opportunity 1. See how many hits you can get in a measured Engage in an aerial free-for-all with 2 to 6 other
Aerial Drop Module™ (both sold separately). You activate to practice dropping in "behind enemy lines." time, such as 3 minutes. X-Port™ equipped HobbyZone® planes using
attached X-Port accessories by pressing the button on the 2. See how many hits you can get in one the Sonic Combat Module™.
top left corner of the transmitter.
battery pack.
Sonic Combat Module 3. Attack the target with two or more Aerobirds
The Sonic Combat Module (HBZ4020) allows you to engage at the same time. See who can time their
in pulse-pounding aerial combat with up to five other SCM attack runs properly and get the most hits in
equipped HobbyZone® aircraft. When you successfully 5 minutes.
"hit" the other SCM equipped aircraft, you will disable their
motor for approximately 10 seconds, leaving them with
Be sure to turn off the power switch on the
only the use of the tail controls during this time.
bottom when you are done. If the target fails
No one to fly against? You can still take part in air-to- to register hits, you may need to replace the
ground combat with the purchase of the SCM and the 9V battery.
Stealth Ground Target (HBZ4025). With the SCM attached to
your aircraft you can fly in low and hit the Stealth Ground
Target, causing it to emit a loud pitch tone that lets you
know you’ve scored a "kill".
For more information regarding these HobbyZone
accessories, as well as all Hobby Zone products, please
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HobbyZone® Accessories

HBZ4020 Sonic Combat Module™ (SCM) HBZ6023 Aerial Drop Module™ (ADM)
Plug in the Sonic Combat Module and take on similarly Plug in the Aerial Drop Module and you can drop
equipped HobbyZone planes in aerial combat. When streamer bombs or a parachute jumper, which
“hit”, the SCM temporarily disables your motor while are included.
allowing you to steer.

HBZ4025 Stealth Target


HBZ6512 3000mAh Ni-MH Battery Pack An optional Stealth fighter ground target with
More flight time for your Aerobird Xtreme™, "hit" sensor is available so you can practice with
almost twice as much as the included battery pack! the Sonic Combat Module or take on friends in a
target-shooting contest
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5. Battery Charging: Only use a battery charger


If a Crash Occurs Warnings and Safety intended for use with the Aerobird Xtreme battery.
1. Avoid damage to property and injury. Read and
1. If you happen to crash and part of the foam IMPORTANT: Control Alignment follow this manual and included video completely, Never leave charger unattended while charging.
wing or tail breaks, it can be repaired using Tail flaps must be level or nearly level with no slack observing all instructions and safety directions. This will help prevent overcharging. While
packing tape to cover missing pieces. in the control lines or the plane will not Think safety first. charging, place the battery on a heat resistant
2. If damage is severe or if wing or tail is bent, fly well. See pages 10-11 if adjustment 2. Keep clear of the propeller, even when it isn't surface. Do not lay it on carpet or upholstery while
replace damaged parts immediately. See is necessary. spinning, as it could be turned on by accident. charging. Never charge the battery for more than
page 39 for a complete replacement parts list. Beware of hair becoming entangled in the propeller, three hours.
3. If the soft nose is dislodged, it can be re-attached especially while launching the Aerobird Xtreme™ 6. Never cut into the wires on the battery charger or
with silicone glue, or two sided tape. on a windy day, or injury may occur. airplane as serious injury can occur. Causing the
3. Do not fly when it's too windy or you may lose battery to "short out" (crossing negative and
control and crash, causing injury or damage. Never positive bare wires) can cause fire, serious injury
fly the Aerobird Xtreme near people, vehicles, train and damage.
tracks, buildings, power lines, water, hard surfaces 7. Hold the plane securely, and keep all body parts
or trees. Never allow any one to attempt to catch away from the propeller when the flight battery is
the Aerobird Xtreme while it's in flight or serious plugged in. When you finish flying the Aerobird
injury can result. Xtreme, always unplug the battery before you turn
4. Adult supervision is recommended for ages 14 off the transmitter.
and under. 8. Never fly on the same frequency as another RC
vehicle in your area. The frequency of the Aerobird
Xtreme is shown on stickers on the back of the
transmitter.

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Success Tips Troubleshooting


1. Avoid damage to property and injury. Read and follow this manual and included video completely, observing all PROBLEM POSSIBLE CAUSE SOLUTION
instructions and safety directions. Think safety first.
Unit does not operate 1. Transmitter "AA" batteries are depleted or 1. Check polarity installation or replace with
installed incorrectly indicated by a dim or fresh "AA" batteries
2. Keep clear of the propeller, even when it isn't spinning as it could be turned on by accident. Beware of hair
unlit LED on transmitter or the low battery 2. Push connectors together until they "click"
becoming entangled in the propeller, especially while launching the Aerobird Xtreme™ on a windy day or
alarm 3. Charge battery fully
injury may occur.
2. No electrical connection 4. Replace the fuselage
3. Aerobird Xtreme™ battery not charged
3. Do not fly when it's too windy or you may lose control and crash, causing injury or damage. Never fly the
4. Crash has damaged the radio inside the
Aerobird Xtreme near people, vehicles, train tracks, buildings, power lines, water, hard surfaces or trees. Never
Aerobird Xtreme
allow any one to attempt to catch the Aerobird Xtreme while it's in flight or serious injury can result.
Aircraft keeps turning in 1. Tail flaps need adjustment 1. Adjust stick trim lever (see page 19) or
4. Adult supervision is recommended for ages 14 and under. one direction 2. Wing is not centered over the fuselage adjust tail flap position (see page 23)
3. Stickers (decals) not stuck down 2. Center the wing before each flight
5. Battery Charging: Only use a battery charger intended for use with the Aerobird Xtreme battery. Never leave 3. Properly rub down stickers or tape down
charger unattended while charging. This will help prevent overcharging. While charging, place the battery on a
Aircraft is difficult to 1. Tail flaps aren't adjusted properly 1. Adjust tail flaps (see pages 19, 23)
heat resistant surface. Do not lay it on carpet or upholstery while charging.
control 2. Wing or tail is damaged 2. Repair or replace
6. Never cut into the wires on the battery charger or airplane as serious injury can occur. Causing the battery to Aircraft keeps nosing 1. Tail boom dislodged from notch 1. Fix by re-installing tail boom into housing and
"short out" (crossing negative and positive bare wires) can cause fire, serious injury and damage. down sharply secure with tie-wrap or similar product.

7. Hold the plane securely, and keep all body parts away from the propeller when the flight battery is plugged in. Aircraft won't climb 1. Battery isn't fully charged 1. Charge battery shortly before flying
When you finish flying the Aerobird Xtreme, always unplug the battery before you turn off the transmitter. 2. Tail needs adjustment 2. Adjust tail screws (see page 24)
or trim lever (page 19)
8. Never fly on the same frequency as another RC vehicle in your area. The frequency of the Aerobird Xtreme is
shown on stickers on the back of the transmitter.
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Warranty and Follow-Up Procedures Replacement and Optional Parts


Keep your Aerobird Xtreme™ flying with spare parts available from your local retailer or from Horizon Hobby (www.horizonhobby.com).
Due to the nature and operation of this product, the If you are directed by our Product Support staff to Please check with your retailer first—by supporting your local hobby shop, they’ll be there when you need them.
warranty does not extend beyond the initial preflight return the Aerobird Xtreme™, please follow these
Replacement Parts
testing. Carefully check the parts and operation instructions.
PART# DESCRIPTION SUGGESTED PART# DESCRIPTION SUGGESTED
BEFORE your first flight. Damage incurred during 1. Unplug the battery from the airplane. RETAIL RETAIL
flying combat, landing, crashing or modification 2. Pack the complete Aerobird Xtreme™ (all HBZ6502 Standard Decal Sheet ABX 5.99 HBZ3553 TX: CH 3, 27.095 ABX, ABC 29.99
HBZ6507 Propeller ABX 3.29 HBZ3554 TX: CH 4, 27.145 ABX, ABC 29.99
is not covered under the warranty. components in the original box) and put into HBZ3555 TX: CH 5, 27.195 ABX, ABC 29.99
HBZ6509 Landing Gear with wheels 4.49
a sturdy shipping carton for protection. HBZ6510 7.2V 1700mAh Ni-Cd Battery 29.99 HBZ3556 TX: CH 6, 27.255 ABX, ABC 29.99
HBZ6513 Alligator Clip to 12V lighter adapter ABX 3.99 HBZ6057 TX Battery Cover ABX, ABC 2.50
3. Include your complete name and address in-
HBZ6515 Instruction Manual ABX .99 HBZ1058 TX Antenna 4.99
Warranty: Horizon Hobby, Inc. guarantees this formation inside the carton, as well as clearly HBZ6516 Instruction Video CD ABX 7.99 HBZ6537 Main Wheel Axle Caps (4) 1.49
writing it on the outer label/return address HBZ6518 Canopy w/Hinge ABX 3.99 HBZ6035 Tail Horn + Keeper (2) .89
product to be free of defects in material and work-
HBZ6519 1.8 Amp DC Peak Charger 24.99
manship. If you discover defects during the very first area. Include detailed information explaining HBZ6520 Yellow Standard Wing ABX 19.99 Optional Parts
preflight testing (Steps 1–6, & 9), please the nature of the problem(s) encountered. HBZ6530 Tail w/Accessories ABX 14.99 HBZ6512 3000mAh 7.2V Ni-MH Battery 41.99
HBZ6532 Replacement Motor ABX 19.99
call our Product Support staff toll-free at 4. Please date your correspondence and be sure HBZ6534 Trailing Edge Cap (2) ABX 1.49 Optional Charger
1-877-504-0233 . If you are directed by them to your complete name, address and daytime HBZ6536 Wing Hold Down Rods w/caps(2) ABX 1.49 EFLC2010 E-Flite Summit Variable Rate DC Peak Charger 69.99
HBZ6538 Yellow Rubber Bands(6) ABX .99
return the product to our Service Center, you will be phone number appear on this enclosure. HBZ6539 Yellow Tail V-Brace ABX 1.49 This variable rate DC powered peak charger comes with 3 charge leads,
provided with a Return Authorization (RA) number. If, Please include your original dated sales receipt. HBZ6540 Yellow Tail Screws ABX .99 BEC, universal RX, and Tamiya-style connector. Select charge rates from
HBZ6541 ABX Fuselage: CH 1, 26.995 59.99 .250mA–4.5A to safely peak charge your 4-7 cell Ni-Cd and Ni-MH bat-
in our opinion, after inspecting the product, we deter- HBZ6542 ABX Fuselage: CH 2, 27.045 59.99 tery packs. (see page 29)
mine it to be defective, we will repair or replace it at Mail to the address below. HBZ6543 ABX Fuselage: CH 3, 27.095 59.99
HBZ6544 ABX Fuselage: CH 4, 27.145 59.99 DYN4048 Dynamite 12V 7.5A Switching Power Supply 59.99
our discretion. Horizon Service Center HBZ6545 ABX Fuselage: CH 5, 27.195 59.99 Use this to supply AC power to your E-flite Summit™ Peak Charger.
Attn: HobbyZone Dept. HBZ6546 ABX Fuselage: CH 6, 27.255 59.99 Plugs into any standard 110/120V wall outlet. (see page 29)
HBZ6548 ABX Bare Fuselage 19.99
4105 Fieldstone Rd.
38 Champaign, IL 61822
HBZ3551
HBZ3552
TX: CH 1, 26.995 ABX, ABC
TX: CH 2, 27.045 ABX, ABC
29.99
29.99
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